27 January 2014
UnitedFuture leader Peter
Dunne describes Labour’s Best Start policy as a
“curate’s egg” – good in some parts, but not
“UnitedFuture supports the
extension of Paid Parental Leave to 26 weeks (our own policy
is to extend it to 12 months), as well as the provision of
free antenatal services, which is a positive step towards
ensuring children get the best start in life.
the cash for kids baby bonus is just a crass
“Using the funding committed to this policy could
have been better used to cut tax rates, or to fund the
further extension of Paid Parental Leave,” he
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On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus
If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point.
By ‘some quarters’, I mean (a) RadioLive host Sean Plunket who called Catton a “traitor” and (b) Prime Minister John Key who dismissed her views as being those of a typical Green Party supporter, which is apparently almost as bad.
In context, Catton seemed to be talking about the mixed feelings she felt after what she had created suddenly becoming a kind of public property claimed by the entire country and its leaders. That must feel weird at any time, in any place. Catton evidently finds it particularly alienating when the government of the day has shown little interest in the arts beyond their promotional/economic value. More>>